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Ch 4: Temperature

About This Chapter

Learn about temperature patterns and units in this chapter, which explores numerous concepts associated with temperature through fun and engaging video lessons and quick quizzes.

Temperature - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Explore the various factors that determine daily temperatures through this chapter. By watching the video lessons here, you'll learn about various units used to measure temperature and how to convert between them. You'll also examine temperature patterns by seasons. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how warm and cold ocean currents can influence Earth's temperature.
  • Discuss patterns of daytime heating and nighttime cooling.
  • Differentiate between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
  • Identify Earth's atmospheric layers based on temperature.
  • Interpret results from a thermodynamic diagram.

VideoObjective
Factors that Influence Earth's TemperatureDiscuss factors that influence temperature, including latitude, altitude and elevation, atmospheric circulation patterns, contrasts between land and water, and local conditions.
Daily and Annual Temperature PatternsDiscuss daily and annual temperature patterns. Learn about the effects of cloud cover and wind.
How to Measure Temperature & Convert Units of TemperatureIntroduce the concept of measuring temperature, including discussion on use of a thermometer. Learn to convert between different units of temperature.
Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvin and CelsiusDefine temperature and learn to convert between Celsius and Kelvin.
Calculating the Means & Ranges of Earth's TemperatureExplain how to compute the temperature mean and median, as well as quartiles, climate variation and ranges.
Thermodynamic Diagrams and Vertical Temperature ProfilesIntroduce Earth's general atmospheric temperature profile, and explain how to plot data points on a thermodynamic diagram.
Temperature Patterns by Seasons and ClimatesExplain how to associate climate conditions and seasons with Celsius temperature ranges.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Temperature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvins and Celsius

1. Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvins and Celsius

Have you ever wondered what the lowest possible temperature is? In this lesson, you will learn what temperature measures. You will also be introduced to the Kelvin scale (an absolute scale) and learn how it relates to the Celsius scale.

Factors that Influence Earth's Temperature

2. Factors that Influence Earth's Temperature

Have you ever wondered why temperatures vary around the Earth? This lesson will examine some factors, including latitude, elevation, atmospheric circulation, differences in heat between land and water, along with ocean currents that affect temperature variance.

Daily & Annual Temperature Patterns

3. Daily & Annual Temperature Patterns

There are many factors that influence daily and annual temperature patterns. This lesson focuses on daytime heating, nighttime cooling, clouds and wind, and how these factors influence temperature patterns.

Measuring Temperature & Converting Units of Temperature

4. Measuring Temperature & Converting Units of Temperature

In this video lesson, we will learn what temperature is, how we measure it and the units it is measured in. We will also learn how to convert easily between the different units using simple conversion factors.

Mean, Median, Quartile, Range & Climate Variation of Temperature

5. Mean, Median, Quartile, Range & Climate Variation of Temperature

Believe it or not, there is a lot of math involved in temperature. This lesson will teach you how to calculate the mean, median, quartile, and range and explain how these calculations help you understand climate variation.

Earth's Atmospheric Temperature Profile & Thermodynamic Diagrams

6. Earth's Atmospheric Temperature Profile & Thermodynamic Diagrams

When you look up in the sky, you probably don't think about all of the atmospheric layers. This lesson will explore these layers in the atmosphere. Then, we will examine how data is graphed for the atmosphere in thermodynamic diagrams.

Temperature Ranges by Seasons and Climates

7. Temperature Ranges by Seasons and Climates

Have you ever wondered how temperature and weather are related to climate? This lesson explains the differences between climate, temperature, and weather and explores several different climates around the world.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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